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National Mentoring Day

Show your support for National Mentoring Day! Join the movement and help build a brighter future for our youth with mentorship and guidance.
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Get ready to celebrate National Mentoring Day on October 27th! This day has been around since 2008, when it was created by the Harvard School of Public Health to recognize the impact that mentorship can have in our lives. It's a great opportunity for those who are already mentors or who are interested in becoming one to come together and share experiences, stories, and advice with each other.

History of National Mentoring Day

National Mentoring Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Mentoring Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Harvard School of Public Health creates National Mentoring Day to recognize the significant role of mentorship.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growth of Mentorship Programs</div><div class='timeline-text'>By 2010, the presence of organized mentoring programs in schools and communities across America significantly expanded.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Power of Relationships Report</div><div class='timeline-text'>The release of "The Power of Relationships: How and Why American Adults Step Up to Mentor the Nation’s Youth" further emphasized the need for mentorship.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Mentoring Summit</div><div class='timeline-text'>The inaugural Mentoring Summit was held, bringing together organizations and individuals involved in mentorship nationwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mentorship in the Digital Age</div><div class='timeline-text'>The rise of digital platforms enabled virtual mentorship programs, reaching more young people in need.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pandemic Highlights Importance of Mentorship</div><div class='timeline-text'>The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the crucial role of mentors in supporting young people through challenging times.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Mentoring Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer with a mentoring program</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Give your time to an organization that works to match adult mentors with children and young adults in need of guidance. Helping others can be incredibly rewarding and a great way to celebrate National Mentoring Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Reach out to old mentors</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to reconnect with those who have helped shape you into the person you are today. Reach out via email, a letter, or even better, give them a call. Let them know how much their guidance has meant to you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share inspirational stories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share inspiring stories from your own experiences or from those of others. Post on social media and spread awareness about the value of mentoring. You’ll be helping create a ripple effect for change.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a mentorship organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support organizations that work diligently to mentor those in need by making a financial contribution on National Mentoring Day or any day throughout the year.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize an event, such as a potluck dinner, get together at the park, or even online via Zoom or other video conferencing platforms, to bring together current and future mentors from your community.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Mentoring Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mentoring provides guidance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the main reasons we love National Mentoring Day is that it recognizes the importance of mentorship. By having an experienced mentor in your life, you can gain confidence and insight on how to navigate any situation. With their advice and guidance, you are sure to develop personal growth and reach your goals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mentoring builds relationships</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Another great thing about National Mentoring Day is that it celebrates the bond between mentors and mentees. Through open communication and shared experiences, mentor/mentee relationships often form strong friendships that last a lifetime. These lifelong connections are invaluable in helping us all learn and grow!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mentoring inspires new perspectives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Mentoring Day encourages us all to think outside the box by seeking out different perspectives from our mentors. We can learn so much from those who have been in our shoes before, which can be incredibly inspiring when we need help making decisions or figuring out the best path forward.</p></div></div>

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When is National Mentoring Day?

National Mentoring Day is celebrated on October 27th every year. In 2024 National Mentoring Day will occur on a Sunday.

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